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With rains round corner, garbage crisis looms large over Thrissur

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Health officials warn of possible outbreak of diseases

PILE OF WOES:Garbage dumped by the roadside at Diwanji corner in the city.— PHOTO: K.C. Sowmish
PILE OF WOES:Garbage dumped by the roadside at Diwanji corner in the city.— PHOTO: K.C. Sowmish

With monsoon round the corner, the city may have to pay a hefty price for its failure to manage its waste, fear citizens.

Most street corners and vacant lands are filled with rotting garbage. Besides coping with the slush and stink generated by garbage piles, residents also have to deal with flies and mosquitoes that swarm the garbage.

The city corporation has not had a waste management system for the last one-and-a-half year. Its attempts at decentralised projects such as biogas plants and pipe compost units have not been successful.

The civic body had resorted to burning garbage on the streets. Environmentalists had protested the move stating that burning of plastic produced toxic fumes which could even cause cancer.

However, with the rains, even that option will be ruled out.

Meanwhile, drains in the city are clogged with plastic waste. The ban on plastic, announced two years ago in the city, has remained on paper. Traders across the city have been flouting the ban, thanks to slack enforcement and lack of cost effective alternatives.

Plastic waste discarded in the dump yards has not been cleared by the corporation. There is no process in place for its recycling either.

Traders insist that the civic body’s failure to provide a cost effective alternative to plastic bags forced them to continue using it.

Health officials have warned of a possible outbreak of diseases if the appalling sanitation conditions continue.

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